US Gov't Court to Block Travel Ban Ruling

US Gov't Court to Block Travel Ban Ruling

US Gov't Court to Block Travel Ban Ruling

Last month, the Supreme Court determined that those with a "bona fide relationship" to a US person or entity could not be incorporated into the travel ban.

The Trump administration interpreted that to mean spouses, siblings, parents, fiancées and children.

The cable reversed the State Department's previous, narrow definition of close family and stated that "grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts and uncles, nephews and nieces, and cousins" are eligible for visas.

Besides expanding the definition of close family, Watson said that the government could not prohibit entry by refugees assured of placement in the United States by recognized refugee agencies.

This time, the government broadened which close family members of lawful residents can enter the country, according to a memo from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sent to all diplomatic posts overseas and seen by Reuters.

"Family members have been separated and real people have suffered enough", Chin said. The government's definition excludes them. "That simply can not be".

According to Judge Watson, the State Department did not correctly understand the order of the highest federal court.

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The travel ban, which the administration insists is necessary to keep violent extremists out of the country, has faced a series of judicial roadblocks from lower courts. "By this decision, the district court has improperly substituted its policy preferences for that of the Executive branch, defying both the lawful prerogatives of the Executive Branch and the directive of the Supreme Court". Jadwat said the district court was correct in its ruling, calling Attorney General Jeff Sessions's attacks "misleading".

Judge Watson initially said that it was up to the Supreme Court to clear up its ruling, but late Thursday he issued a new opinion ruling that the administration's latest policy was too strict. "Treating all of these relationships as "close familial relationship (s)' reads the term 'close" out of the Court's decision".

Watson's July 13 ruling was his second aimed at the travel ban contained in Trump's March 6 executive order.

The March 6 order that Watson stopped had dropped some language that had been included in the original January 27 travel ban order - language that made exceptions for persecuted religious minorities, including Christians.

In that ruling the justices sought to strike a middle ground balancing Mr. Trump's powers versus the rights of a select group of people in the U.S. Justice Department lawyers, though, said if Judge Watson is right, nearly everyone can continue to travel to the U.S. despite the ban.

Although the Supreme Court is not in session, emergency requests can still be handled. Watson, however, did not give up and tried to eviscerate the Supreme Court's decision with his own interpretation of it. The administration has asked the Supreme Court and the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to block the decision.

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